DOLLY PARTON'S AMERICA (WNYC)
I've never been a country music kinda guy, but still have always been incredibly drawn to Dolly.
Turns out I'm not alone. Now in her 5th decade of touring, Dolly's under-50 fanbase has inexplicably exploded in the past 10 years.
This series covers her life and rise to fame, her uniquely broad appeal, her delicate relationship with politics, and her unbelievably prolific catalog of music.
Jad Abumrad (of Radio Lab, admittedly never my favorite) sometimes meanders too far into his personal biography, but episode 3's exploration between Appalachian folk music and traditional musical idioms across the Middle East and Africa is super worthwhile.